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Kentucky family continues Christmas lightshow tradition

December 22, 2018
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In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2017 photo, a neighbor's response, right, is pointed at te Christmas light display illuminated outside the home of Jackie Cherry in Bowling Green, Ky. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — For years, the Cherry family has dedicated itself every holiday season to providing the community with a display of Christmas lights few can rival.

Every night in December, Lori and Jackie Cherry’s house at 818 Vance Lane in southwestern Warren County is awash with Christmas lights of all colors that flash and blink along to holiday music.

Lori Cherry said she and her husband, Jackie Cherry, have been putting on a grandiose light show every Christmas season for eight years.

Lori Cherry said they were originally inspired to put on their now-yearly shows after setting up what they called a megatree: a tall pole with several streams of lights stretching from the top of the pole to the ground at angles that make it look like a Christmas tree when lit - but especially after seeing the reactions of their grandchildren.

“You could see the wonder in their eyes,” she said. “They were staring up at the lights and (Jackie Cherry) said ‘This is what we do it for.’ ”

Every night for the rest of December, people are free to come to the Cherry home to watch the lights, Lori Cherry said, adding that the light show lasts a half-hour and runs on repeat from 5 to 9 p.m.

People are welcome to park in a gravel lot and a field across the street to observe the lights, she said.

The music paired with the light show is broadcast via low-watt transmitter so folks nearby can listen to it on their car radios at 88.7 FM.

“We have a low-watt transmitter where people can listen to the music without getting out of their car,” she said.

Each Friday and Saturday during the 5 to 9 p.m. window, people are also welcome to step into the Cherrys’ backyard, where coffee, hot chocolate, candy canes and popcorn will be available.

While it doesn’t cost anything to see the lights or tour the Cherrys’ backyard, the Cherrys are treating the event, as they have in the past, as a fundraiser.

This year, all funds benefit Christian Family Radio, Lori Cherry said, adding that the radio station has been a staple in the family’s life for years.

“Christian Family Radio has been such a big part of our family, our life,” she said.

Since the family started the light show, Lori Cherry said she’s been thrilled to see it continue to draw spectators and play a central role in some Christmas traditions.

“A lot of people have told us they make this their family tradition every year. Sometimes more than once a year,” she said.

Lori Cherry said she loves putting on the light show every year and considers it the family’s gift to the community.

“It’s such a blessing. It really is. It’s a way for us to give back to our community,” she said.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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